Since this semester started, I’ve been struggling to fit runs into my new schedule. So even though my injuries feel fully healed, I’ve been stuck around a 10 mile weekly total all year. This week I finally realized the source of the problem.
Planned to run in the evening, but got home much later than expected due to leaving work later than planned plus a flat tire.
A couple hours were lost to getting the flat repaired. On the plus side, I didn’t have anything scheduled on campus so I stayed home the rest of the day to work on writing projects. This also meant I got in 2.5 miles with Kara while it was fully daylight.
Got home almost as late as I did Monday, but my husband was out of town so I had to take Kara out anyway. We did a quick 1.5 miles. Also got in a strength workout earlier in the day.
Rest day. Actually, I planned to go to pool running class, but was tired and went home instead.
Once again left work later than planned, though at least this time that meant late afternoon. It was well above freezing Thursday and Friday, and I forgot my nanospikes, which made for a rather slick 3.8 miles.
I planned to take Kara for a run. Unfortunately, her leg was bothering her, so we turned around and walked home after less than half a mile. I went out again by myself for 2.4 miles total.
Kara’s leg seems better today – it’s stiff, but she’s putting her full weight on it – so I’m guessing she just slipped and tweaked something.
Strength workout at home, so I had to scratch the barbell exercises but still got most of it in.
Total: barely over 10 miles, even though I ran 4 times for the first time since before the LCL strain.
Monday has been a scheduled run day for me for a long time. Since this semester started, I’ve fit in that scheduled run once. And I think I know why…this is a pretty typical Monday/Tuesday schedule for me:
My Monday schedule is sliced up to the point I’m lucky to get half an hour free before 5. Of course there’s technically time after that; I’m just unlikely to have the energy left for a run. But the solution is obvious…I have plenty of time to run on Tuesday. I guess I just got into a mental scheduling rut. I will be ditching the rut (that’s a horrible pun, please pretend it wasn’t intentional) to run on Tuesdays and make Mondays rest days.
How do you notice and get out of schedule ruts?